Automotive

Reviews of products for scale automotive models, including motorcycles and motorized vehicles.

2015 Corvette C7.R

Published: January 4th, 2017     
2015 Corvette C7.R
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

This new kit from Revell is the 2015 Corvette C7.R that raced at Le Mans and in the IMSA racing league in the United States.

Kit

The kit comes packaged in the usual Revell 1/25 size cardboard box with 4 bags of white molded parts, 1 bag with a white body, the metal axles, rubber tires and clear red tail lights, and 1 bag with the clear parts. There are a total of 13 sprues of white plastic plus the body, 1 sprue of clear red, 2 clear sprues and the 2 metal axles and 4 rubber tires. All this adds up to a total of 64 plastic parts. The parts are molded with good detail and little flash. There are some ejector pin marks that will need to be addressed, but not too many.

The kit also comes with a very nice decal sheet with markings for 1 car, the number 4, that is in perfect register (More on the markings later). The instruction manual is 12 pages long and consists of 20 steps, including the decal guide. Paint callouts are generic in that they just give a generic color name and do not reference any particular paint manufacturer. There is also a listing of the parts and what they are, which is nice if you are not sure what each part represents.

Chevy Beretta Pro Street

Published: January 4th, 2017     
Chevy Beretta Pro Street
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell put together a pretty wild kit with this Beretta. It's almost straight out of the TV show "Street Outlaws".

Engine

We have a supercharged small block with nitrous. Real life would be putting out massive amounts of horsepower. Instructions were a little fuzzy on the distributor angle. Straight up won't allow the body to sit correctly, so it must be angled. Provides a pretty nice Lenco transmission.

Denso Toyota 88C "1989 Le Mans" Limited Edition

Published: January 2nd, 2017     
Denso Toyota 88C "1989 Le Mans" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

This kit is a re-release from Hasegawa of the #38 Denso sponsored Toyota 88C that ran in the 1989 Le Mans race.  The car finished in 53rd place and did not finish the race due to a crash.  This is a curbside kit and has no engine or suspension details.

Kit

The kit comes packaged in the usual Hasegawa cardboard box and contains 1 bag of clear parts with the tire marking decal sheet inside and 1 bag of white parts with 4 rubber tires and polycaps separately bagged inside of it.  There is a total of 7 sprues of white parts plus the chassis and body and 1 sprue of clear parts.  All together there are 97 parts in this kit, although 14 of those parts are for other versions of the car.  My kit had quite a bit of flash on the parts, but none that was difficult to remove.  Just be careful to clean up the parts before assembly.  There were also some ejector pin marks that will need to be taken care of or they will be seen.

Corvette C7.R

Published: December 15th, 2016     
Corvette C7.R
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The stunning good looks and performance of the Pratt & Miller Corvette C7.R were only surpassed by the performance of this incredible racing machine. A true race car, this triple threat vehicle only shares it outer skin with the Corvette as nearly everything else is custom made to handle the rigors of long endurance racing propelled by a 491 HP engine.

This review covers the skill level 4 (ages 12 years and older) new tooling release of the 2015 Corvette C7.R 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4304. There are White, clear, clear red, metal axles, soft black tires with waterslide decals. You get a superbly detailed race car body with a racing chassis, safety roll cage and separate, but simplified, motor. This is a specific vehicle special subject kit and a historically accurate rendering of the 2015 C7.R. Final dimensions are approximately; Length: 7", Width: 31/2", Height: 2".

Ford Bronco (1st Generation)

Published: December 13th, 2016     
Ford Bronco (1st Generation)
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Modelers have waited a long time for a kit of the first generation Ford Bronco and Revell has finally done it! This kit can be built as a 1971 or 1973 version (an air cleaner option) with the included 289 V8 engine. With the help of Jeff Trapp's Bronco Graveyard in Brighton, MI, Revell has made a faithful representation of the first Ford SUV. I'm pretty sure that we'll be seeing other versions of this rugged 4X4 too.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) 2016 new tooling release of the Ford Bronco 1:25 Scale Model Kit #85-4320. There are 137 pieces molded in white, clear, and chrome, with metal axle pins, soft vinyl tires and waterslide decals. Finished dimensions are; L 6-3/8", X W 2-3/4", X H 2-13/16".

Construction and Detailing

This build begins with the engine, and it is straightforward. One of the alignment pins for the block halves was missing on my kit, but you can simply align the block until the glue sets. The engine is very detailed with 20 pieces including a separate oil filter and distributor. I painted mine Ford Engine Blue.